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Exploring Alaska's glaciers

Alaska Fjords and Glaciers

Juneau - Ketchikan - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Wilderness Explorer
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On this 8-day cruise exploration, sail aboard Wilderness Explorer and see the fascinating Alaska fjords and glaciers. Starting your journey in Juneau and navigating through the winding Wrangell Narrows and Behm Canal, kayaking in Walker Cove or Rudyerd Bay makes the experience of traveling peaceful and enjoyable. Lastly, conclude your journey in Ketchikan. Celebrate and reminisce about your Alaskan journey with a photo journal.
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Highlights
  • Navigate winding Wrangell Narrows and Behm Canal
  • Watch whales in Stephens Passage
  • Kayak in the peaceful Walker Cove or Rudyerd Bay
  • Explore the glacial landscapes of Alaska fjords
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Juneau | Embarkation

Arriving in Juneau and met with a warm welcome, that’s a good start. You have time to take in a bit of the city once you check-in at the hospitality area. But after boarding, grab a glass of bubbly as you push off the dock. Set sail for the Endicott Arm wilderness.

Day 2: Endicott Arm or Tracy Arm

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take an early peek out your window. Fjord cliffs reach skyward. Floating ice. And deep u-shaped valleys. There’s no abracadabra here. Mother Nature’s magic is real. Cruise past harbor seals and their pups lounging on chunks of ice. At the end of Endicott, the blue face of Dawes Glacier is stories high. And in classic fjord form, Tracy Arm delivers with the cotton candy blue Twin Sawyers glacier of its furthest reaches. Tides permitting, your skiff driver knows the ropes and guides you along. It’s a mashup of towering walls, temperamental currents, and the Coastal Mountains. So many waterfalls. Mountain goats show off fancy footwork on the cliffs. Look for them.

Day 3: Stephens Passage

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Yoga stretches on-deck jump-start the day. Humpback and orca are frequent visitors of this Southeast passage. A misty spout is a sure sign they’re in the neighborhood. Your captain navigates Stephens Passage to Port Houghton. And you’re in for a boot-sucking, paddle-smacking day of adventure with your guide team. The routes are all picked out. Make your choice and make your move. Slip off the kayak launch and take it slow spotting sea stars and shorebirds. Hard chargers take a long wild paddle to the salt chuck at the back of the inlet. Or, hike into the Tongass. It’s a landscape of hanging waterfalls and shades of green.

Day 4: Thomas Bay - Wrangell Narrows

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
When you come this far, you might as well go all in. This is way back backcountry of Alaska’s wilderness. Glacial landscapes are marked by moraines, muskegs, and mud. In this playground, it’s all an option today. Kayak and skiff in water almost clear as glass. The mirror image of fjord walls plays on the surface. Hike through the outwash of Baird Glacier. Or keep it green on an interpretive walk through a grassy meadow into the forest. Later, wind into the Wrangell Narrows. Abundant bright red and green navigation lights guide the way. It’s nicknamed “Christmas Tree Lane,” of course.

Day 5: Blashkee Islands

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Blashkee Islands are your playground today. A full day of choose-your-own-adventure fun. Hiking, Kayaking, skiff tours, snorkeling, and full-day yak-n-whack excursions. Get ready for a full day!

Day 6: Behm Canal

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wildlife abounds. Black bears, mink, eagles. In Behm Canal, it’s all remote waterways and the isolated Tongass National Forest. On Cleveland Peninsula, your expedition team leads a low-elevation hike near clear, rushing streams. Good opportunities for enticing forested shots of Southeast. In the water orca, porpoises, seals, and otters go about their business. Go about yours on a guided paddle in tiny, deserted waterways that feed into Behm Canal.

Day 7: Misty Fjords National Monument

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
There are places on the planet that completely overcome you. This is one of them. The beauty. The peace. The sense of place you feel. Misty Fjords National Monument represents nearly every ecosystem found in Southeast Alaska. And that alone is a lot to consider. Glacial valleys filled with seawater. Sheer 3,000-foot cliffs. Sea birds, brown and black bears, mountain goats, and Sitka black-tailed deer, all find a safe haven here. Kayak in Walker Cove or Rudyerd Bay and you find it’s just as easy to paddle and go, as it is to sit and float and take it all in. Or skiff to the base of a waterfall for a fjord-released shower. The area’s affectionate nickname, “The Yosemite of the North,” is deserved. And it’s an amazing wrap to your week. Your captain joins you tonight for a Farewell Dinner. Celebrate and reminisce about your Alaskan journey with a “photo journal” by your crew. 

Day 8: Ketchikan | Disembarkation

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, this morning, bid adieu to your new pals before you disembark and transfer to the Ketchikan airport or begin your extended UnCruise hotel stay or land tour.

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Wilderness Explorer

Relax at the bar aboard the Wilderness Explorer.
Relax on the sun deck of the Wilderness Explorer.
Enjoy the view from the lounge aboard the Wilderness Explorer.

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Navigator Cabin
#215; 302. Queen or twin beds, view window, and private bath with shower.
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#105-106; 207-214; 303; 305-306; 309-312. Queen or twin beds, view window, and private bath with shower.
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Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Park and Entrance Fees 
  • Premium spirits, wine, beer & non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Port taxes/fees
  • Optional snorkeling: arranged and paid for locally.

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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